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Acupuncture

Acupuncture, perhaps the best-known Chinese medical technique, is not limited to humans — it is also being practiced on horses. Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in specific points (also called "acupoints") on the body to reestablish the subject's...
Bay horse grazing

Preventing Ticks

Itchy ticks and tick lesions cause pastured horses to ferociously rub trees, fences and shelter walls, abrading throats, necks and hindquarters and destroying their manes and tails. Severe infestations produce anemia, loss of appetite and depression. Ticks can infect...
Devoted equestrians spend hard-earned money to maintain their horses’ good physical condition. Regular veterinarian visits and a call from the farrier every six to eight weeks just scratch the surface of annual expenses.   A farrier's skill and level of...
Three young horses

Sheath Cleaning

As a horse owner, you've no doubt come to realize that there are three topics guaranteed to raise the eyebrows of your nonhorsey friends and relatives: 1) Flushing fly eggs from your horse's eyes, 2) the productive effects of...
If you've been riding for awhile, chances are great that you've found yourself traveling down the wrong training path at some point in time. Perhaps you incorporated a training technique into your routine that resulted in horse behavior that...
My old grey mare just wasn't what she used to be. At 28, Ginger's lip and back had begun to droop. She was overweight. When I took her out, she groaned and took mincing little steps. She had been...
With Nicholas Evans' best-selling novel The Horse Whisperer and Robert Redford's movie adaptation, "rogue" horses like the fictitious Pilgrim got quite a bit of attention. Pilgrim was described as a horse with such overwhelming psychological problems that it was...
When Laura arrived at the barn bearing hot bran mashes, the horses started nickering and smacking their lips. All of them, that is, except her Morgan gelding Justin. Justin turned and refused to even sniff his mash. The gelding's behavior...
Before you dump that extra pound of grain into your horse's feed bucket, think about what you are giving him. Does he really need it? Sure, you rode for an extra hour today, but does that warrant the added...
There will never be another horse exactly like yours. You know better than anybody that he's an individual with a distinctive personality and characteristics with little quirks and endearing habits. He's the product of a unique combination of influences:...
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